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    Audiard's "A Prophet" Leads European Film Award Noms

    Six films are vying for the prize for best European Film of 2009 at the European Film Awards. Competing for the prize are Andrea Arnold's "Fish Tank," Tomas Alfredson's "Let the Right One in," Jacques Audiard's "The Prophet," Stephen Daldry's "The Reader," Danny Boyle's "Slumdog Millionaire," and Mi...

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    R.E.M. Live At The Olympia

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    Festival Report: Cinema Eye Rolls With Docs

    Critic Karina Longworth reports on the Cinema Eye nominations from the Doc/Fest in Sheffield, England:

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    A Prophet Leads European Film Award Nominations

    The European Film Academy nominations for the 22nd European Film Awards were voted on by over 2,000 EFA members who will now choose the winners. They will be announced at the Awards Ceremony on December 12 in Bochum.

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    Don't Open: Richard Kelly's "The Box"

    Take me seriously!Many reviews of The Box will start out like: “After the disastrous reception that greeted Southland Tales, director Richard Kelly...” This opening apologia acknowledges the massive blunder that was Southland (though there are still a handful of defenders), and opens up wiggle room to reinstate Kelly as a filmmaker worth watching, regardless of the relative quality of The Box itself. His intelligence and ambition—perhaps even “vision”—will be referenced, his genre-mashing sensibility lauded, and even if the film might be not be any good (more on that shortly), Richard Kelly himself will likely emerge unscathed to fight anothe...

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    my oscar picks, so far...

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    Oscar Watch: Up in the Air, Clooney, Streep Lead Gurus 'O Gold

    The Gurus 'O Gold jury of 14 Oscar prognosticators have weighed in on the top movies, actors and animated films so far in the Oscar race. Here's how it looks with at least four major movies (*) sight unseen. (BTW, I meant to include Up, which naturally leads the animation pack, in my top twelve.) G...

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    Nine Things I Learned at BAFTA's Brittania Awards

    BAFTA LA's Britannia Awards at the Hyatt Regency were a blast Thursday night, as the Brits handed out achievement awards to Kirk Douglas, Colin Firth, Emily Blunt, Danny Boyle and Robert De Niro. The show was far better than last year, which went on "at ass-paralyzing length," as host Stephen Fry pu...

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    cinemadaily | "Precious" Polarizes

    "'Precious' is a hybrid, a mash-up that might have been ungainly, but that manages to be graceful instead," writes the New York Times' A.O. Scott. "It’s partly a bootstrap drama of resilience and redemption, complete with a hardworking teacher wrangling a classroom full of disadvantaged girls. It’s ...

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    @Sheffield: Further Complications

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